Monday 13th March 2017
|Born||Richard George Adams
9 May 1920
Wash Common, Newbury, Berkshire, England
|Died||24 December 2016 (aged 96)
Oxford, Oxfordshire, England
The original book cover.
Release date: November 1972
I first bought this book in 1974 and promptly read it from cover to cover. It was my type of story, a fantasy and well written. Not to forget it was about rabbits, adorable and cuddly creatures and makes one cry when harm comes to one them. Richard Adams the author, became one of my favourite writers, I went on to read other titles by him. PLAGUE DOGS 1977- SHARDIK- 1974 & GIRL IN A SWING 1980. All brilliant stories and each was made into film, some with changes, ie, characters names. I say all are a must read.
My mistake was to read the book first, however, saying this I didn’t really have much choice as the film was released at a much later date, 1978. The film at the time was a bit of a flop, and I could see why. Not very good animation or art work in my view. But if one hadn’t read the book then, by having nothing to compare, I am sure one would enjoy it. I later did. But what helped this film was its music especially one track. “Bright Eyes” is a song written by Mike Batt (ex Wombles) and performed by Art Garfunkel.
Gerry A/C 2017
Since Xmas I have decided to read some classic books. My last post about 39 Steps was number one, some might say it is not a classic. My second was ‘To Kill a Mockingbird”. However I have now watched a film of this book even though I could only find the one.
I was surprised to see that the film, starring Gregory Peck, followed pretty close to the book. ,,however there were a few minor changes to the book. The ones that were noticeable were parts of the story being left out. This did not affect the story-line. Where the book, like most books, write descriptions of people and their expressions or the environment. Some try to put the reader into a place or situation this film uses the visual qualities and camera work and techniques of film. If you haven’t read the book or seen the film I strongly advise that you do, I am sure you will enjoy it. I say to you now ‘Good Viewing or Reading or Both’.